It appeared to be a foregone conclusion, but the Cleveland Browns have confirmed today that backup running back Dion Lewis will be out for the entire regular season because of his fractured left fibula. The team placed Lewis on the injured reserve list today to make the news official.
Without Lewis in the backfield, the Browns will rely on Chris Ogbonnaya, Brandon Jackson, and Montario Hardesty (if healthy) to be the back up running back by committee.
Unfortunately for Lewis, he is in the final year of his contract, which means he cannot put up a great contract year and show teams that he is worth more than his $645,000 base salary.
Lewis looked like he could have been a big part of the team’s offense by filling the Darren Sproles role in Norv Turner’s offense, but now we will have to wait and see if the team even decides to re-sign him in free agency next offseason.
Cleveland will really have to hope that starter Trent Richardson can now stay healthy without a real clear-cut back up.